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president at the white house. >>> this morning the nra's president speaks out to us in a live interview. >>> and absolutely brilliant. that's how the duchess of cambridge is describing her first official portrait this morning after attending its unveiling with her husband, prince william. do you agree? we'll let you decide "today," friday, january 11th, 2013. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," countdown to the golden globes, with matt lauer, live from studio 1a, and savannah guthrie, live from los angeles. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning, special split edition of the show. i'm matt lauer. >> morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie, in los angeles. matt, just like you asked, i got here early. i'm saving you that seat on the bleachers right across from the red carpet. you're going to have a great view on sunday. >> yeah. hooray for hollywood. it's going to be a lot of fun. obviously the biggest stars from television and the movie industry will be walking that red carpet. what else is coming up? >> we'll have that and, of course, we'll talk
to face with members of the nra today. at the white house with details. >>> surprising punishments of some distracted drivers involved in deadly crashes are now getting, why are some of these sentences just so light. >> savannah, as you get set to head to the golden globes this sunday, we will announce the oscar nominations. >>> we will go to the flu virus across the country we will go to chief editor dr. nancy snyderman. she's in boston this morning. i know there are serious cases there. >> reporter: good morning. yes. a state of emergency has been declared in boston where they were seeing patients yesterday in the hallway. representative of the strangle hold of influenza is frankly having across communities, i have been now in two major hospital emergency departments in the last three days. i have to tell you, i have never seen anything like this in the united states. >> i am declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> reporter: with 18 flu related deaths in the state of massachusetts alone, boston's mayor is warning the threat is very serious. so far this season, there
association is vowing the fight of the century to block that. we'll talk to the nra's president coming up. >>> an inside look at scientology. an exclusive interview with oscar winning director and former scientology member paul hagut says he thinks the religion is a cult. the church dismisses him as the hypocrite of hollywood. we'll speak with him and talk to the author of a new book that explores the link between scientology and hollywood. >>> we want to get to breaking news. nbc's nichelle cokosinkski liven london. >> reporter: this has been changing by the moment. first, the report that a number of hostages has escaped. now that algerians have raided the facility and a number of have been killed, including hostages. 41 people held, among them americans, british, norwegians, and they called this retribution for french intervention in neighboring mali against militant there. at this hour scattered reports out of the algerian desert. that large bp gas facility, that a standoff is going on. algerian army has militants and dozens of international hostages surrounded. among them, americans.
the fight of the censure troy block them. we are going to talk to the nra's president. >>> and an inside look at scientology. in an exclusive interview, oscar-winning director and former scientology member, paul haggis, says he thinks the religion is a cult. the church says haggis has not been an active member in years and dismisses him as "the hypocrite of hollywood." we will hear from paul haggis and talk to the author of a new book that explores the ties between scientology and hollywood. but we are going to begin with breaking news what could be dramatic developments in that hostage situation involving americans in algeria. nbc's michelle kosinski has the latest for us in london. michelle, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, savannah. this is changing by the minute. the latest from the associated press, quoting an algerian official, is that at least 20 of these hostages have now been able to escape, including americans. the al qaeda-linked militant group that has claimed responsibility for this say they have been holding 41 hostages, among them, we know americans, british, norwegia
but the president of the nra biden's gun safety task force. the president of the nra is ace speaking out, accusing the obama administration of attacking the second amendment. second >> they made it very clear thate the president's position on pr firearms and on the so firearms and the so-called assault weapons ban and the like had been the same position that he's t he has taken for many years and that they're going to stick with ng to that. stick with >> reporter: sharp words came after the vice president earlier in the day previewed his presi earlier in the day previewed his upcoming report. upcoming repo >> there's an emerging set of tg recommendations. set of i'm going to focus on the ones that relate that relate primarily to gun ownership, what type of weapons ownership, the type of can be owned.ns that can be owned, and one is there is a a there is a surprising -- so far, a surprio surprising recurrence of surprf suggestions that we have suggese universal background checks. >> reporter: meanwhile the ckgr. president is coming under the president is scrutiny this week after naming scruti
of meetings to prevent gun violence. today, he meets with the nra and other gun rights groups and is expected to make policy recommendations and says he and the president are determined to take action in wake of the sandy hook school massacre. >>> and a hearing will be healed on the aurora theater shooting. it was cut short wednesday when defense lawyers called no witnesses. they have told the judge holmes is mentally ill. if there is a trial, prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the death penalty. >>> more changes coming to president obama's cabinet and he prepares his second term. today, he announces his in tent to nominate jack lew for treasury secretary to replace geithner. and secretary hilda solis is resigning, the first latino to run a major u.s. federal agency. >>> and trying to find out what caused a crowded high speed commuter ferry to crash into a dock wednesday in lower manhattan. about 70 people were injured in the accident. it recently got new engines and a new propulsion system but investigators don't know if an overhaul was a factor in the crash. >>> banning risky
of the nra today. we're at the white house with details. >>> distracted drivers in deadly accidents. why some sentences are so light. >>> we're going to break down this morning's oscar nominations. >> very excited. >>> we want to start with the outbreak of the flu virus that's happening across the country right now. we have two reports this morning, beginning with dr. nancy snyderman, she's in boston this morning. nancy, good morning, i know there's some serious cases there. >> reporter: good morning, savannah, yes, a state of emergency has been declared in boston at brigham women's hospital where they were seeing patients yesterday in the hallway. representative of the stranglehold of influenza is hitting across communities. i've been now in two major hospital emergency departments in the last two days and have never seen anything like this in the united states. >> i am declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> reporter: with 18 flu-related deaths in the state of massachusetts alone, boston mayor is warning the threat is very serious. so far this season, there have been
house today. tomorrow he sits down with the nra. >> this is just one of the very big issues facing the white house as we approach president obama's second inauguration later this month. as we mentioned, we'll catch up with a guy who will likely have a big voice in republican pop tix over the next four years. he is new jersey's governor, chris christie. we'll talk to him live in a couple of minutes. >>> also ahead, a warning about those metal water bottles. they're popular with children. it turns out there is a risk of kids getting their tongues trapped inside. very serious. can lead to a trip to the emergency room. so what, if anything, is being done about it? >>> then a strange phenomenon off the coast of southern california. we're talking about massive squid. they are being spotted and caught in record numbers. we'll get a live report about that. >>> but let us start on a wednesday morning in washington where the obama administration is getting ready to tackle a whole host of issues, beginning this morning with gun control. nbc's peter alexander is at the white house. peter, good
children are dying and now is the time to pass gun legislation. wayne lapierre the nra vice president says the government should not dictate what people can lawfully own. >>> police in arizona are searching for the gunman who shot up an office building and killed one person. police say the 70-year-old suspect got into an argument with some people in that phoenix building when he pulled out the gun and started shooting. two other people were also critically hurt. >>> a top ranking democratic senator is being questioned about trips he took to the dominican republic. this week, federal agents removed dozens of boxes from the office of a prominent florida eye doctor, whose trips with senator robert menendez prompted an ethics complaint and the senator recently wrote a $58,000 check for two flights to the company owned by that doctor after questions arose about the trips. >>> a squatter who took up residence inside a multi-million dollar florida mansion must now get out. the eviction papers were served on wednesday to the 23-year-old man who called this $2.5 million mansion home for about a mon
. before the president has even had a chance to unveil those bold proposals, the nra is signalling it intends to fight the president, and choosing this new web video that hits close to home, targeting his daughters. here's a clip. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? >> so while the nra is hitting the president on one proposal, he is not endorsing armed guards at schools. the president is set to unveil a laundry list of plans that one activist said if made law would be one of the most sweeping gun reforms since 1968 which followed the public outcry after the assassinations of bobby kennedy and martin luther king, jr. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> fulfilling a promise he made one month ago in newtown, connecticut, president obama will unveil a series of proposals today to curb gun violence. >> the president has made clear he intends to take a comprehensive approach. >> sources familiar with the presiden
to the table who are opposed. the nra is diametrically opposed to new regulation, particularly around assault weapons and magazines. so that part seems to be very difficult. i have talked to senators on capitol hill who are in favor of getting done what they can. so making this more of a piecemeal approach and keeping this on the table for a longer period of time. even if they have to come back to it as other matters become more pressing. >> how many times have we seen this president, the fiscal cliff, you name it. would you expect the same presidential road show to get these things done? >> lester, it's the right question. and i think it would require that. the question is does he want this fight at this time when it will draw down so much political capital? he is locked in trench warfare because of the debt ceiling fight on additional revenue and spending. that's going to take a lot of energy. there are foreign policy matters. he wants to advance immigration. so it's unclear to me how much of a fight he wants on guns what he would have to, it seals, make it a singular issue to really campai
's be honest, okay. >>> the big gun control debate caught fire in another way. the nra came out with an ad that's really touched a lot of nerves. again, we're talking about whether or not teachers or security guards or somebody in schools should be armed. a lot of people, this is a controversial ad. take a look. >> the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes, but he's just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to fair share to security. protection for his kid and gun-free zones for ours. >> so the debate is that going too far? it's one thing to have your feelings about the second amendment and what that actually means, and it's another thing to drag the president's children into the debate. >> clearly, the president's kids are always a bigger target. >> no matter whether republican or democratic president. >> i still don't understand why there can't be a debate about the way we can still have weapons that
and will present recommendations to the president on tuesday. after thursday's meeting the nra accused the obama administration of attacking the second amendment. >>> too bad samuel l. jackson wasn't on board. snake on the plane drama. a real snake. a ten-foot python was spotted by passengers flapping on the wing mid air. it apparently crawled up through the landing bay and found its way into a crevice in the wing. the plane landed safely, all the passengers okay. the snake has not been seen since. >> ahh. >> ahh? >>> kate, the duchess of cambridge is as pretty as a picture. now there's a picture as pretty as kate. first official portrait of the duchess was unveiled today in london, painted by scottish artist paul emsley after just two sittings. the expected mom, who isn't showing yet, asked to be portrayed naturally as opposed to a royal. some people believe naturally means she looks ten years older. >>> potty training has entered the 21st century with the ipotty for ipad. take a look. brightly colored trainer was a hit at the consumer electronics show in las vegas, sells for about 20 bucks, fe
and from corporations. this, as new jersey governor and prominent republican chris christie blast an nra ad that uses the president's children to make its point. christie called the ad, quote, reprehensible and said that children of lawmakers are off limits in particulars. >>> manti te'o was arguably the most marketable player but now a hoax revealed an online romance with a woman who never existed. questions remain about whether te'o was involved in the hoax or just a victim. the uncertainty could affect the team's willingness to draft te'o come april. he has been projected as a top ten pick. >>> toyota has settled the first in a xwroop of hundrgroove of h pending wrongful deaths by unintended acceleration of toyota vehicles. they reached an agreement with the toyota of a utah man and woman who were killed when their camry careened into a wall. >>> today readers are remembering pauline phillips, who died thursday. along with her twin sister, ann larnds, she now created the column, always writing with a dash of wit and wisdom. phillips was 94 years old. >>> are you in the market for a house
's wrong-headed approach." meanwhile on, friday, the nra was criticized by one of its own members for running this ad which brought the president's daughters into the debate. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? >> reporter: jim baker, head of the group's federal affairs division, reportedly disagreed with the commercial. the nra telling nbc news, "differences of opinion are common to organizations throughout the country." the flap underscores how divisive the issue of gun control continues to be. political analysts say the president doesn't have a lot of time to get congress on board. >> he's not going to spend a whole year doing it. at some point you have to have votes. it's almost like the health care process over again, where it drains resources. >> reporter: white house officials say on tuesday president obama will travel to las vegas, nevada, to talk about another big goal for his second term. that is immigration reform. political analysts say the clock is ticking for him to get something done on that issue, as well. lester? >> kristin welker, thank you. >>
fresh opposition to that ban from the nra and even harry reid questions whether it benefits congress. how hard do we push for the assault weapons ban, and if we can't convince congress, what other method would be used in order to curb gun violence? >> like i said, the vice president and menz mbers of my cabinet went through a very thorough process in the last month, meeting with stake holders in this, including the nra, listened to proposals from all corners, and they presented me now with a list of sensible, common-sense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw in newtown doesn't happen again. i'm going to be meeting with the vice president today. i expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what i think we need to do. my starting point is not to worry about the politics, my starting point is to focus on what makes sense. what works. what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that we're reducing the incidence of gun violence? and i think we can do that in a sensible way that compor
issues or other issues that he cares about. >> the nra has said there's no way this is going to get through congress. there's been talk about whether or not the white house would take it on perhaps in executive order. how much could the president do, though, with something like that? >> i don't think he could do all that much with executive authority on the assault weapons ban. if he could, he would have done it already. so i think that's the big question legislatively as to whether he can achieve that which was very difficult to achieve for president clinton during the 1990s. and even though democratic politicians and even president bush, with he was in office and it expired, he nominally favored the resumption of that assault weapons ban. but the political resistance is very difficult to overcome. it is not clear even in a moment like this that the president could overcome it again this time. so how long do you want to try? how much energy and political capital do you want to invest in attempting to do that? >> turning now to afghanistan, president obama and afghan president hamid
reportedly is developing strategies, natalie, to go around the nra, national rifle association, that has opposed similar proposals in the past. >> peter at the white house. thanks so much, peter. >>> a hearing for the colorado movie theater suspect holmes may be the closest thing to a trial that the victims and their families get to see. he allegedly opened fire on moviegoers back in july. legal experts say because the evidence against him is so strong, holmes may take a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. >>> the president has signed into law a bill providing nearly $10 billion to victims of superstorm sandy. the new law ramps up fema's borrowing authority so that 100,000 flood claims won't be delayed. another $51 billion in aid will be voted on later this month. >>> a lot of news to report this morning from a world of sports. the 113-day nhl dispute has been settled and players could head back to the ice in the next few weeks. meanwhile, the nfl playoffs are off to a wild start as the washington redskins lost quarterback robert griffin iii to a knee injury, costing them the game agai
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